I don’t know what is going to be the “Red Flag” for everyone here because we all have different criteria.
That being said…
One comment here on Modern Survival Blog reads,
“For me and mine, it will be food riots. If my group hears of riots because of lack of food, we will be closing up shop. That is when the desperation will start and we all (here) know what desperation can and will bring.”
“Ken, would you do an article on what other people are considering as the criteria to close up shop? I’m curious and I think others may find that to be useful…”
Answer: Sure, here it is…
A few of my thoughts first…
It doesn’t get “real” until it’s “in your face”
At least that’s how it is for most people. We’ve already seen examples of that.
When sudden cases and deaths from covid-19 coronavirus popped up in King County, Washington — there was a run on Costco (and other) stores. It wiped out much (and all) of their inventory of toilet paper, paper towels, sanitizers, and other supplies. It wasn’t until then that people there “woke up”. Panicked.
The same holds true in other parts of the country. When coronavirus cases pop up in a region, that’s when people run out to stock up.
Many of us here are smarter than that. We’ve already stocked up. We’re prepared for the most part. Though still going about our lives while being careful with hygiene, contact with others, and common sense precautions against a virus such as this.
When Is ” Bad ” Bad Enough To Close The Gates?
Are you retired? Then it’s a much easier decision, and not as much a problem if you’re reasonably prepared.
Do you go to work every day? Well that certainly is more difficult. You need your job, right?
In China, essentially ALL WORK has stopped. They closed shop. I am now reading reports that major companies here in the US are beginning to have their people work from home if possible. What I’m trying to suggest is that at some point, maybe even YOUR place of employment will be affected by coronavirus and shut down (then you won’t have to make the decision yourself) ;)
Will schools remain open? Are your kids at risk? What about daycare centers?
We all know to stay away from crowds. But others don’t. But they will when it pops up in their location – at which time they suddenly go “oh $hit”…
Rioting or Violence at Stores
The referenced comment above suggest that rioting may be the ” red flag ” that triggers closing the gates.
How bad would it have to be for rioting or “trouble” to begin?
The stores would have to be literally running out of essential supplies that people need – with little expectation of re-supplying soon. Right now, as stores run out of TP (for example), they are able to restock soon afterwards – apparently within a day by the looks of it. Seemingly a different story for sanitizers though.
The problem begins when…
…people stop showing up for work. And/or getting sick themselves. If enough are affected, then entire finely tuned systems can break. And that’s the thing that will set off chain reaction issues.
If you’ve waited too long by then, you will be SOL. If you supply yourself now and we never reach the point of systemic breakdown issues – you will have lost nothing. Why? Because you’re supplied with consumables that will eventually be consumed. Some of which you may save for the sake of preparedness.
Okay I’ve set up the question. Some people here on the blog are curious to hear your own ” red flag ” warnings which will cause you to take extreme precautions regarding coronavirus. It may help to read each-other’s comments on this.
What’s your threshold? What will you need to see or know is happening that will make you raise the drawbridge across your moat?